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DECOLONIZING MARS: AN UNCONFERENCE ON INCLUSION AND EQUITY IN SPACE EXPLORATION, June 28-29, 2018, DC

The Kluge Center at the Library of Congress will hold an “unconference” on June 28-29, 2018 on “Decolonizing Mars.”   It will take place at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.  It is being organized by Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz, Baruch S. Blumberg/NASA Chair of Astrobiology at the Kluge Center.

According the event’s website:  “Unconference programs are collectively set by the meeting participants during the meeting itself. This guide has a nice simple overview of what to expect.”  In this case, the unconference is about inclusion and equity in space exploration.

An Unconference on Mars

“Decolonizing Mars: An Unconference on Inclusion and Equity in Space Exploration” will bring together a diverse group of individuals working at the intersection of astrobiology, anthropology, social justice, and space exploration. The format of the event will feature discussion as its primary objective. While there will be time for brief presentations, a significant fraction of the program will be devoted to group discussion around pressing themes, which will be determined by the symposium participants themselves.

The term decolonization refers to undoing the legacy of colonialism. Many people are used to hearing about “colonizing Mars” to talk about humanity living in space; here, we examine how using a colonialist framework in space reproduces past harm from humanity’s history on Earth. This event is about envisioning fresh pathways for thinking about space exploration by stepping away from the ways we usually talk about space, which by definition is “decolonizing” the topic. Hence, “Decolonizing Mars”.

Attendance is by invitation/nomination only.  The RSVP deadline was June 1.

More information is on the event’s website.  A related public meeting will be held on September 27, 2018 on “”Becoming Interplanetary: What Living on Earth Can Teach Us about Living on Mars”.

Details

Start:
June 28 @ 8:00 am
End:
June 29 @ 11:00 pm